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A Guide to Sundry Essays on the Nexus Religion, Politics, and Democracy, as Posted in Ovi since 2015 A Guide to Sundry Essays on the Nexus Religion, Politics, and Democracy, as Posted in Ovi since 2015
by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
2017-07-31 11:24:14
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Lately I have been giving some thought to gathering the essays I have contributed to Ovi in the last three years on the theme of religion and its nexus to liberal democracy and politics. The ultimate aim contemplated for this project is to eventually publish those essays as a hard or soft cover book.


It came as a surprise to me, its author, to compile a list of 52 essays. I’d like to share the list with the interested Ovi readership. I suspect that this theme, of particular interest to me to which I frequently return, may be appealing too to those concerned with the crisis of Western Civilization. It stands to reason that those of an “enlightened” frame of mind, those who believe that civilization begins with the Enlightenment in 18th century France, need not concern themselves with such a nexus.

For those interested, however, I have added to the title of each essay the date when it appeared in Ovi magazine and a link by which they can retrieve any of the essays they may find attractive, or wish to simply peruse or perhaps read again. In any case, my injunction is simply to keep one’s mind open and simply enjoy!

Is there a Place for Public Religious Expression in a Secular Polity? (24 June 2015) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/11943

Free Speech, Historical Accuracy and anti-Catholic Bias in the Enlightened 21st Century (3 February 2015) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/11985

Revisiting the Issue of the EU’s Cultural Identity (9 May 2015) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/12311

Do Revolutions give Rise to Religious Fanaticism? (9 June 2015) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/12374

Ovi Symposium 54: Reflections on the Concept of Power and Justice within Democracy (22 June 2015) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/12468

On Greece, Democracy, Greek-Russian Orthodoxy and Putin (10 July 2015) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/12536

Ovi Symposium 56: Is Modernity in the West based on a Synthesis of Antiquity with Christianity? (20 July 2015) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/12570

 Ovi Symposium 59: Religion, Democracy and Cultural Identity (27 August 2015) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/12571

History as Instrument of Policy: Are there two different Post-World II European Grand Narratives? (23 Sept. 20 13) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/12783

Ovi Symposium 62: The Spiritual Values of the EU’s Founding Fathers (16 October 2015) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/12869

Is Western Civilization Doomed? A Review-essay (26 October 2015) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/12897

Musings on Nihilism, Atheism, Existentialism, Terrorism, and Faith (16 November 2015) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/12959

Selective Grief and Outrage: Ideology, Religion, and Political Hypocrisy (19 November 2015) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/12966

Ovi Symposium 63: the EU’s Multiple Modernities (23 November 2015) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/12980

Reflections on the Thanksgiving Turkey as Ritual Scapebird: An Unconventional Narrative (26 November 2015) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/12985

The Inappropriate Mixing of Religion and Politics and its Consequences (7 December 2015) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/13020

Why is there Something rather than Nothing? Philosophical reflections on Atheism and the Interface of Science and Religion (30 December 2015) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/13096

Ruminations on Western Humanism: Secular vs. Religious, or Complementary? (3 February 2016) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/13191

Western Identity and Pagan Mythology (1 April 2016) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/13362

Christianity as Law vs. Christianity as Love (4 April 2016) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/13371

Is Northern Europe still the Bastion of Liberal Democracy? (27 April 2016) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/13428

Irshad Manji on Faith, Freedom, Human Rights and Love (5 May 2016) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/13442

Some Distinctions in Christian and Secular Humanism (11 May 2016) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/13456

Ovi Symposium 69: The Interface of Revelation and Science before and after the Enlightenment: a Philosophical Conundrum (26 May 2016) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/13498

An Imaginary Conversation on Myth, Reason and Religion between Plato and Joseph Campbell at an Athens’ Café (5 June 2016) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/13534

The Immigrant “Other” in US and EU Politico-Religious Experiences: A Comparative Perspective (21 June 2016) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/13565

A Schizophrenic Europe: More Musings on Brexit and the EU (4 July 2016) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/13599

Ovi Symposium 71: Modernity vis a vis the Judeo-Christian Heritage in Western Culture: Revisiting Christianity, Humanism, the Enlightenment, the Liberal Tradition, Secularism, and Positivism (24 July 2016) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/13645

Ovi Symposium 72: Are the Transcendent Certitudes of the Religious Imagination, the Secularity, Historicity, Positivism of Modern Political Ideologies  Mutually Exclusive? (22  August 2016), at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/13709

Why does the Center not Hold? (7 September 2016) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/13751

Lights out on Western Civilization? (26 September 2016) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/13792

The Corruption of Religion: Russia’s Military-Ecclesiastical Complex (11 October 2016) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/13833

The Making and the Unmaking of the EU: Timely Revisiting of a Previously posted Reflection (20 October 2016) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/13857

Weimar America? Germany 1933, US 2016 (21 November 2016) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/13943

Sundry Reflections on the Politics of Religion (29 December 2016) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/14071

Corruption and the Self-destroying of Democracy (27 January 2017) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/14174

Pope Francis’ Urgent Warning on the Dangers of Populism (31 January 2017) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/14185

White Supremacy in the White House rooted in a Dark Theory of History (6 February 2017) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/14203

Power without Moral Compass, Caligula, Trump, Pius XIII, and Machiavelli (11 February 2017) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/14219

Ovi Symposium 77: The Search for the Self: Honor and Guilt in Western Civilization (15 February 2017) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/14235

Rasputin Comes to the Vatican. Life Imitating Art (23 February 2017) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/14257

Deep State, the Potential End of Europe, and American Democracy: Trouble in Paradise? (8 April 2017) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/14387

A New World Order: The End of Pax Americana and Putin’s Enigmatic New Russianness (19 April 2017) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/14429

Democracy: The Missing Ingredient in the Bannon/Dugin’s Eurasianism (26 April 2017) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/14445

The Stubborn Facts on Eurocentrism (5 May 2017) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/14479

The Nightmare of Modern Democracy in the Age of Alternate Facts, or The Sickness unto Death (5 January 2017) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/14563

Julius Caesar, Caligula and Trump: the Pornography of Violence: Is it Art Imitating Life, or the Other Way Around? (20 June 2017) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/14615

Europe out of Africa: a Geo-political, Historical Review Essay (4 July 2017) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/14658

Pope Francis’ View of the G20s “Distorted Vision of the World (10 July 2017) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/14682

Ovi Symposium 82: Challenging the Western Ethical Tradition (15 July 2017) at  http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/14686

Pope Francis Critiques Bannon’s View of Christianity (21 July 2017) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/14710

Darkness at the Twilights: Devils’ Bargain in American Politics (25 July 2017) at http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/14728




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